MOOSE JAW, Sask. — The perfect start to Winnipeg’s season was on the line down three goals in the third period, but the Ice scored four times in the game’s final nine minutes to stun the Moose Jaw Warriors 5-4 in WHL action on Saturday.
The Ice improved to 9-0-0 this season while the Warriors dropped to 3-5-0.
Down 4-1 in the third and facing defeat for the first time this year, Winnipeg got two goals from Matthew Savoie — at 10:59 and 13:05 — to get within one.
Nolan Orzeck scored the equalizer at 14:03 before Connor McClennon, with his team-leading eighth of the season, completed the improbable comeback by scoring the winner with 45 seconds left on the clock.
Mikey Milne had three assists for Winnipeg while Gage Alexander made 23 saves.
Winnipeg outshot Moose Jaw 47-27 overall, including 20-7 in the third period alone.
Brayden Yager scored twice for the Warriors, which got 42 saves from Carl Tetachuk.
GIANTS 2 ROCKETS 0
LANGLEY, B.C. — Jesper Vikman turned aside 23 pucks for the shutout as Vancouver (3-2-0) snapped a two-game losing skid by blanking Kelowna (2-2-0).
COUGARS 4 ROYALS 1
VICTORIA, B.C. — Blake Eastman broke a 1-1 tie in the second period and Prince George (4-3-0) won its fourth consecutive game against Victoria (1-8-0).
OIL KINGS 5 TIGERS 4
EDMONTON — Carson Latimer scored twice, and Jalen Luypen and Carter Souch had three assists apiece for Edmonton (6-2-1). Garin Bjorklund stopped 35-of-40 shots for Medicine Hat (4-4-1).
HURRICANES 5 RAIDERS 3
LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — The Hurricanes (4-3-0) overcame a 3-2 deficit with 5:21 left in the third period by scoring three straight goals against Prince Albert (2-7-0), which is last in the Eastern Conference.
REBELS 7 WHEAT KINGS 1
RED DEER, Alta. — Blake Stevenson scored twice and five other Red Deer (6-3-1) players found the back of the net. Nolan Ritchie, with his fifth of the season, scored the only goal for Brandon (4-5-0).
SILVERTIPS 1 WINTERHAWKS 0
PORTLAND, Ore. — Braden Holt stopped all 22 shots and Jonny Lambos scored the game’s only goal in the first period for Everett (6-0-0) over Portland (3-4-1).
CHIEFS 7 AMERICANS 3
KENNEWICK, Wash. — Luke Toporowski scored twice and added a helper as Spokane (3-4-1) topped Tri-City (2-5-0).